Sunday, October 14, 2007

China to never have multi-party liberal democracy

Well this is concerning:
[Spokesman for the Communist Party's 17th congress] Mr Li said: 'Political reform is an important component of our comprehensive reform. We have advanced political reform without pause.' But he quickly quashed any idea that China could eventually become a multi-party liberal democracy. 'We will never copy the Western model of political system,' he said as he gave details about the congress, which meets every five years.
Since the 21st century is suppose to be the Chinese century, how do you see this playing out? Is this just a ploy to tell reformers to slow down or will China continue to crack down on those supporting freedom and equal rights like they did in Tiananmen Square? What is America's role in all this?